Where I live the problem is different. Here the laws surrounding public employment are such that the proportion of people in Parliaments that are public employees or are employed by similar organizations has a majority of the seats. As the circumstances under which public employees live (criteria for advancement, job security, large pensions) they constitute a well defined socioeconomic group with largely homogeneous personal interests. As teachers, police, judges, professors all belong to this group there are massive conflicts of interest. The Legislative chooses the Executive from among its leaders and the Judiciary is part of the socioeconomic group. This has created an unintended slant in policy as there is factually no impartial control mechanism.
Yes, they should be allowed to vote. You don't give up your citizenship when you become an employee of Uncle Sam or your state.
Unless we are proposing to turn public employees into serfs, I think we should just let them vote like everyone else.
As for the former Marine who chose not to vote while in service, perhaps they should continue to avoid voting.
Which is why I wonder when some people say that citizens on welfare should not have the vote because ' they will always vote themselves more money'. It is no different from a defense contractor voting themselves more money or worse bribing (aka through unlimited and undeclared political contributions) politicians to get 'their share' of the corporate welfare teat.
I find this to be completely asinine.
Everyone is born a homo sapiens sapiens but not everyone is a human. -RW
In a time where Congress can vote for pay raises for their own, I don't see how this is an issue.
Is what you're living for today, worth dying for tomorrow?
While who they vote for may affect their lives, the same goes for all individuals. Should the elderly not be able to vote because they recieve social security and medicare? Should members of the military not be allowed a vote because they can elect their commander in chief? Should veterans not be allowed to vote because they recieve veteran benefits?
No one votes without some potential impact from those who they're voting for.
"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.
No one to the best of my knowledge voted on the presidential ballot based on who might be head of our office